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Unread postby Bentony » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:47 am

Sundays in Upington - the whole town is closed as far as I know. After all this is the place where the town council chose the butcher's shop as "an acreditied tourist attraction", and they have people in the foyer who greet you as you enter!
We have also had a problem getting good fresh veg in Upington, and take everything up from Cape Town.
There is a brilliant venison shop north of the town that is worth a visit. It is on the farm belonging to the Loots family and is on the left hand side of the road as you drive to the park about an hour north of upington. They have good venison and biltong, and even ice if you need. To be recommended on your way into the park.

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Unread postby restio » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:26 pm

I phoned Pick 'n Pay Customer Care, and they confirmed that the shop is open on a Sunday, but they don't sell wine on a Sunday.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:36 pm

There is a lovely wine cellar in Upington - I have just checked with them, they only are open until 12 on a Saturday and not on a Sunday. So from reading the posts here and this info, I would assume that Upington is one of those areas liquor is not sold on a Sunday in SA.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:41 pm

Here in the Western Cape, PnP ropes off the booze section and you cannot buy it on Sunday either.
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Unread postby Bannavdm » Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:26 pm

Sorry for butting in like this....

Here is a map for you.
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You can PM me for the number of the Cellars (Oranjerivier Wine Cellars) and the number of the en-route people (Paul Loots) . they do not close on Sundays.


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Unread postby Kingfisha » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:46 am

Bannavdm, thanks for that map. It will be so useful when we enter Upington and do not have to search too much to find the Pick&Pay. More time to spend when arriving earlier at TR!

I see Bentony said:
We have also had a problem getting good fresh veg in Upington
- but I was under the impression that the Pick&Pay is well stocked? This will be our last stop before 12 days in KTP, so we will need some fresh veggies and fruit! Anyone else know about the problem with fresh stuff?

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Unread postby katydownunder » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:37 pm

Kingfisha wrote:I see Bentony said:
We have also had a problem getting good fresh veg in Upington
- but I was under the impression that the Pick&Pay is well stocked? This will be our last stop before 12 days in KTP, so we will need some fresh veggies and fruit! Anyone else know about the problem with fresh stuff?


We were a bit disappointed about the fruit and veggie selection (not very fresh either) at the PnP.
We though the Checkers had a far better selection and everything was really fresh and nice (we had been there May 2006).

Here is the address:
Address: Scott St, Upington, 8801
Tel: +27(54) 338-3540
Fax: +27(54) 338-3558

We shopped at both stores to get the best possible supplies.

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Unread postby bartish » Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:21 pm

We are planning a trip to Kgalagadi at the end of April - can anyone tell me whether there is bottled water/mineral water available at Twee Rivieren and Mata Mata and what the meat supply is like? We are travelling from Kwazulu Natal and wondered if we could buy meat at the camps to save on fridge/freezer space?

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Unread postby Dreamer » Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:49 pm

Hello bartish
Welcome to the forum
Have a browse through this thread, it will answer your question as well as give you a couple of other ideas.
Keep reading the Arid Parks threads regularly and you should be well informed by the time April comes What you don't find here on the forum, without a doubt someome else will be able to offer assistance. Enjoy the exciting build up to your trip.
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=14246
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Unread postby lovehyena » Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:50 pm

there is a twee rivieren, we bought both meat and water there. Hvent beento Mata Mata yet, but sure someone will let u know!!

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Unread postby Caracal » Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:21 pm

Hi Bartish and welcome to the forum
One is able to buy mineral water as well as meat at both camps. I am sure that you will pay a bit more for it though. We always take everything that we need in with us though because the supply is not always reliable. April is a very busy month in the KTP !!! Mata Mata's shop is a lot smaller than Twee Rivieren's so it may be a good thing to make sure that you have everything you need before leaving Twee Riveiren
Don't hestitate to ask if you have any more queries Enjoy your trip!

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Unread postby restio » Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:39 pm

Hi bartish, and welcome! I think that you have been already been given excellent advice by some very experienced travellers.
There are decent shops in Upington, so you don't have to schlep everything all the way from KZN.
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Unread postby discobob » Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:56 pm

Tish,

As Restio said get what you need in Upington (assuming you're coming through that way). You can always top up in the Park, but the meat is not great.

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Unread postby Flavia » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:13 pm

Do you know if is possible to buy long life milk at Mata Mata and Nossob shops? And for eggs?
I could buy it in Upington, but I'm scared that in the car temperature will be hot, althought it's August.
Do you buy these kind of food in the park or before to go there?

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Unread postby billyf » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:54 pm

You should be able to get these at the Twee Revieren shop - but suggest you buy these in Upington on the way there (only 3 hours difference) We pack our eggs in those plastic egg holders and they travel well.
We buy most things at home and do buy things such as fresh bread in Upington before we go in. However, we buy bread or roosterkoek baked fresh in both Mata Mata and Nossob. Also buy cold drinks, cold beers, ice etc. at these camp shops. The camp shops are a bit expensive but if you consider the distance they have to transport these things, one can understand the higher prices.

Have aways been able to buy very nice vacuum packed steak and chops in the park - however, you need to select carefully.


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